The world’s best luxury hotels are magnificent grand palaces. Five stars not enough for your best luxury hotel? These days if you’re on the lookout for caviar, personal butlers and pampering from morning to night, you can choose from establishments that boast no fewer than seven stars, and offer wall-to-wall glamour, exceptional service, fabulous food and wonderful bedrooms. Here’s my guide to the 10 Best Luxury Hotels in the World.
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- palazzo versace, gold coast, australia
- the mandarin oriental, tokyo
- raffles, singapore
- sandy lane, barbados
- pangu hotel, beijing
- the four seasons new york
- the town house galleria, milan
- the burj al arab, dubai
- the ritz-carlton, moscow
- claridges, london
1 Palazzo Versace, Gold Coast, Australia
Marble, mosaics, gold-detailed vaulted ceilings and floor-to-ceiling window with affording views of the glittering expanse of the Broadwater. And that's just the reception and communal areas. The antique chandelier comes from the Italian State Library in Milan. Your room is kitted out with the finest Versace furniture, linens and bathroom products.
2 The Mandarin Oriental, Tokyo
Occupying the top nine floors of the 39-floor Nihonbashi Mitsui Tower, the Mandarin Oriental is designed as a large tree. The rooms are the uppermost branches where ceiling-to-floor windows display breathtaking views of the city. Fittings include silk-lined walls, rich wooden flooring, twinkling water feaatures and fireplaces. If you ever leave your room, it’ll be for one of the three Michelin-star restaurants.
3 Raffles, Singapore
Raffles has certainly progressed since its opening in 1887. Today's grand hotel is one of the best luxury hotels in the world, attracting celebrities, royalty and writers. Guests can dine exquisitely in brilliant restaurants, unwind in a luxury spa that features an exclusive rooftop pool, flourish the credit card in a magnificent shopping arcade, get cultural in a museum, enjoy an evening of entertainment in a charming, Victorian-style playhouse or simply appreciate the lush gardens.
4 Sandy Lane, Barbados
Live out clichés like dining by candlelight on the gorgeous beach or sipping champagne at sunset, in this idyllic paradise, beloved of film stars and serenity seekers. Over-sized rooms boast large balconies with a stunning panorama of the gorgeous Caribbean Sea.
5 Pangu Hotel, Beijing
Overlooking the 2008 Beijing Olympic Park, this one of the world’s best luxury hotels was built to showcase modern China. The Pangu has been designed entirely in deference to ancient Chinese Feng Shui principles to deliver good fortune and prosperity to its inhabitants. Or, you can just wallow in a hand-crafted marble bathtub or relax by the fire and eat dinner served by the butler. There’s even a pillow menu to select from for the optimum sleep experience.
6 The Four Seasons New York
It is only expected that one of the world’s greatest cities has some of the best luxury hotels and among the best anywhere is the Four Seasons. Suites here offer unparalleled views over Central Park from floor-to ceiling windows, and the Penthouse suite even has its own Zen garden. All guests get to use the spa, the fabulous restaurants, or the impeccable room service, and everyone enjoys the view.
7 The Town House Galleria, Milan
In the heart of the city, this Italian entry in the list of best luxury hotels will make all your wishes come true, if you can get a room. Once you’re a guest, the concierge here can get tables at the hottest restaurants, access to masterpieces or tickets to the opera, at the press of a room service button.
8 The Burj Al Arab, Dubai
This sail shaped vision in the desert has long become a synonym for grandeur, class and style. Limousines, private transfer, butler service and plenty of gold decor, it also has an underwater restaurant and more wow factor than you can shake a stick at.
9 The Ritz-Carlton, Moscow
Hotels in Russia have changed dramatically since the days of drab functionality and frugality and the Moscow Ritz deserves an accolade as one of the best luxury hotels. The rich and famous stay here, enjoying windows facing the Kremlin, Red Square and St Basil’s Cathedral, as well as the marble baths, living rooms with grand pianos and beautiful Russian imperial furnishings. And if you can eat five meals a day, they’re yours.
10 Claridges, London
Guests at the world-famous Art-deco haunt of celebrities and royals from the times of Queen Victoria, can dine a la Gordon Ramsay. If you opt for the ‘dressing table’ service, you’ll also get a silk dressing gown and slippers, a cashmere eye mask and Dior fragrances to scent you to sleep.
Luxury this good comes at a price, but if you’re ready to splash the cash on one of the 10 Best Luxury Hotels in the World, you’ll be guaranteed a night to remember. Why not follow in the steps of movie stars and royalty, let us know what you consider to be true luxury, and if you find a best luxury hotel of your own.
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